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more accurately reported. The tremendous increase in both the number and rates of legal abortions in European countries with liberalized abortion laws in indicated in Table 17. In Hungary, for example, the number of abortions has actually exceeded the number of live births in recent years.
The trend of abortion practices in selected areas is depicted in Figure 2. In northern European countries, a striking rise took place in the early 1940's, followed by the curves' leveling off in the 1950's. The curves for east European countries, where liberalized abortion laws became effective in the mid-1950's, depict a similar pattern for the 1950's and 1960's. Japan's curve is similar to that of eastern European countries, even though the earlier phases were not plotted because of inadequate data. The differences in patterns of abortion incidence over time between areas with liberal laws and those with restrictive laws is dramatized in the same figure. Since 1937 increases in the
TABLE 17 Legal Abortions and Abortion Ratio per 1,000 Live Births
Year	Abortions	Abortion Ratio	Abortions	Abortion Ratio	Abortion Abortions         Ratio	
Sweden			Denmark			Finland
1939	439	5	484	7		
1940	506	5	522	7		
1941	496	5	519	7		
1942	568	5	824	10		
1943	703	6	977	12		
1944	1,088	8	1,286	14		
1945	1,623	12	1,577	17		
1946	2,378	18	1,930	20		
1947	3,534	28	2,240	24		
1948	4,585	36	2,543	30		
1949	5,503	45	3,425	43		
1950	5,889	51	3,909	49		
1951	6,328	57	4,743	62	3,007	32
1952	5,322	48	5,031	65	3,327	35
1953	4,915	45	4,795	61	3,802	42
1954	5,089	48	5,140	67	3,699	41
1955	4,562	43	5,381	70	3,659	41
1956	3,851	36	4,522	59	4,090	46
1957	3,386	32	4,023	53	4,553	52
1958	2,823	27	3,895	52	5,274	65
1959	3,071	29	3,587	48	5,773	69
1960	2,792	27	3,918	51	6,188	75
1961	2,909	28	4,124	54	5,867	72
1962	3,205	30	3,996	51	6,015	74
1963	3,528	31	3,971	48	5,616	68
1964	4,671	38	4,527	54	4,919	61
1965	6,245	51	5,190	60	4,783	61